Former Canberra resident, Olivia Rogowska went into the Apis Canberra International with titles on the ITF circuit at Penrith and Cairns, along with a semifinal spot in Brisbane.
With results from the Canberra and next weeks, Bendigo tournament counting towards the awarding of a wildcard for the Australian Open a lot was on the line when Rogowska faced 17-year-old Destanee Aiava in the women’s final.
Rogowska had come from 1-6, 0-3 against Israel’s Julia Glushko to run off 12 straight games and reach the final. Aiava reached the final after a 6-3, 7-5 win over Canberra’s Alison Bai.
Aiava was seeded ahead of Rogowska at four, with her opponent the sixth seed, but form going into this tournament favoured Rogowska. Aiava had tasted success on the Australian tour with a title at Mornington back in March and before that the Perth title in February.
After finally finding her groove against Glushko, Rogowska continued that form against Aiava and comfortably accounted for her young opponent, taking the match 6-1, 6-2.
“My attitude today was spot on, before the match I knew that I had to get off to a really good start and I did just that,” Rogowska said.
“I definitely played some really solid tennis today,” she said. “If she hit a good shot, I mentally bounced back really well and focused on the next point, and I didn’t give her many free points, and I’m really pleased I closed it out.”
The win for Rogowska takes her record to 19 wins from 21 matches over the past five Australian Pro Tour events.
Looking ahead to Bendigo, whoever of the two Canberra finalists gets the best result is most likely to claim the Aussie Open wildcard.